Uniform Civil Code. Image used for representational purposes only.
Uniform Civil Code. Image used for representational purposes only.(Illustration: The Quint)
  • 1. What is a Uniform Civil Code?
  • 2. What Do We Have Now?
  • 3. The Good and the Bad
  • 4. What Are the Govt's Plans With the UCC?
Uniform Civil Code: What It Is & Why It Matters

On 5 August this year, Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was abrogated with a presidential order.

And on 9 November, the Supreme Court verdict in the decades-long, communally and politically charged Ayodhya dispute ensured that a Ram Mandir is built at the no-longer-disputed location.

Thus, in a span of three months, two of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s biggest promises were realised, sparking speculation that legislation on a Uniform Civil Code (UCC), also a central promise in the BJP’s latest manifesto, may be in the offing.

While delivering a judgment legitimising the Portuguese Civil Code of 1867, the SC reportedly described Goa as a “shining example” with a Uniform Civil Code and said that the founders of the Constitution had “hoped and expected” a UCC for India but the government had made no attempt yet.

Most recently, on 15 November, the Delhi High court heard petitions, which sought the implementation of a UCC in the country.

So, what exactly is a Uniform Civil Code and why does it matter? Here’s all you need to know.

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